It’s impossible to gauge the lasting impact of Alex Burrows’s overtime marker right now, especially since the Canucks will kick off a second round series with the Nashville Predators less than 48 hours afterwards. There’s really no time for dwelling on the past, even the ridiculously recent past, when the present holds so much portent. That said, the NHL’s latest in the excellent History Will Be Made series seems like a good time to just take a moment.
Is this the biggest goal in Vancouver Canucks history?
I’m saying yes, but I’ll admit, in advance, that I’m biased. I was 9 years old in 1994. I couldn’t possibly compare Pavel Bure’s goal versus Calgary or Greg Adams’ goal versus Toronto, because I didn’t understand the stories surrounding those goals like I understood everything about what Burrows accomplished last night. Overtime in game seven. The three-year rivalry with Chicago. The 40th Anniversary Presidents’ Trophy season on the brink. The spectre of the Olympic gold medal game hanging over our heads. The anxiety of a desperate fanbase.
From where I’m standing, this goal bumps every other tally in the Canucks’ 40-year history back by one. But that’s just me. How about you?